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The Empty CityThe Empty City by Berit Ellingsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will leave it to others to explain the philosophical content of this novel. I have never understood novels of ideas. I’m a sensualist.

What attracted me to it was the very smooth quality of the prose. It’s like the still surface of a lake, as smooth as glass, reflective but full of depths. That’s why this book really needs its cover. Together they are a beautiful work of art.

The sentences, the paragraphs and the chapters have a rhythm as subtle as the finest poetry. The novel breathes. The author pays close attention to the physical properties of things and she evokes them carefully with precise and sensuous language. She writes, in fact, with her senses, which are finely tuned.

It’s tempting to quote a few passages. The novel is very quotable and my fingers are positively itching to do it. But I think it’s better if you go to the author’s website and see for yourself. You can read many sample chapters there.

Better still would be to buy the book. You need to be able to touch it and put it on your table and stroke the cover when you are stressed and are seeking a moment or two of calm in your busy life.

It’s not a book to read once and forget. You can read it often. It refreshes you when you are tired and it offers, very modestly and tenderly, a landscape of absolute peace.

Vanessa Wu is the author of Love Has No Limits


One of the best things about sex is the anticipation. So to whet your appetite for treats to come, I’d like to tell you what I’ve been reading.

1. The Empty City by Berit Ellingsen. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

2. Conmergence by Tara Maya. Tantalising when she flashes and a rare delight when she lingers longer.

3. The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche. An express train of a novel.

4. Rashomon by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Terribly impressive.

5. The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming. Dark, dingy and dirty.

6. Asking For Trouble by Kristina Lloyd. Darker. Dingier. Dirtier. Damn good.

If I go quiet for a few days it will be because I am being deeply self-indulgent.

Books by Vanessa Wu

Lure of the Feminine

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